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Wire Taps: NL exec flames Bryce Harper; Nationals shut out again; Daniel Murphy returns...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the second of two with the Yankees in New York...

Washington Nationals  v New York Yankees Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

The good news: Daniel Murphy is back.

The less good news: The Nats were shut out for the second straight day yesterday.

The worst news: Starting today, there’s no Caps news with which we can distract you.

Here’s the beat from the Bronx.

Murray Monday | NL exec highly critical of Bryce Harper (Fanrag)
"If I was in charge and had money, my team would not pursue (Harper). We would use that money to sign 2-3 winning players."

Mike Rizzo defends Bryce Harper after anonymous executive calls him “a selfish, losing player” (WaPo)
The day before Bryce Harper went to the Bronx for potentially the final time as a National, someone sent an email to Fanrag Sports calling Harper "overrated" and "selfish." Needless to say, Mike Rizzo was not having it.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo defends Bryce Harper (
The executive quoted noted that he would be surprised if Harper got more than ten years and $300 million from whatever team snags him.

Tanner Roark solid, but Nats shut out by Yanks (
The Nats have hit .199 over their last nine games, which is objectively bad.

Nationals’ Daniel Murphy excited, nervous to be active for first time this season (WaPo)
Murphy hadn't played in eight months, since last fall's NLDS — and moreover, still has yet to remaster jogging and lateral movement. In other words: a work in progress.

Bryce Harper limps off injured as Nationals’ offense stays quiet in loss to Yankees (WaPo)
Harper had to limp off the field, but will supposedly play again today. Keyword? Supposedly.